The Joy of Grandchildren
There is no other joy in the world quite like that which we get from our grandchildren. It is infectious. You have no choice but to join in and smile. My grandson is like lightening in a bottle. He always lifts my spirits and wears me out a little.
"When you’re alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go - downtown…
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know - downtown…
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city.
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty.
How can you lose?”
Sort of thought this might make a good theme song since I’ve made downtown Brea my home away from home for so many years. If you’re a friend, we’ve met there. If you’re a client, we’ve met there.
If you were a stranger, we’ve met there and become friends.
"So maybe I’ll see you there…
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares.”
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Brea
Waiting to get my Jeep back, I noticed how nice the afternoon sun felt on my back… and how nice the plastic sunflowers looked.
Hide & Seek.
No matter where I go, there I am again!
Playing a new game for the very first time.
Taking A Break.
Sometimes it’s good to just climb down off the grid.
De los Brazos! I opted for the version sin Serranos, being the wussy I am, and felt blessed to receive my own from such a limited supply. “CB” and I spent the afternoon talking about deep stuff and enjoying the busy buzzing of Asher and Olivia. I cracked open the jar when I got home and sampled the Escabeche de los Brazos with an ice cold Bohemia. Perfecto.
Bob and Elaine.
I know they’ve been married over 50 years, I know some of their kids and they’re almost my age. Bob and Elaine faithfully go to Mass every morning then drop by “my” Starbucks for coffee and a little quiet conversation. Every day. I’ll say it again, every day. They’re amazingly delightful people and I’m blessed to have them in my life.
Looking up this morning at these palms towering over me thoughts of companionship came to mind. I can remember, so many times, gazing west across a South Pacific lagoon as the sun edged it’s way towards the horizon… lighting up the sky in the most phenomenal way. In my peripheral vision I could almost sense the curvature of the earth.
Moments like these were only missing the opportunity to turn to someone I loved to share, “Have you ever seen anything quite this amazing?” These are the moments of companionship lost.
First real winter day.
Stuck between a month of almost autumns and a forecast suggesting more of the same, a winter day slipped in (California style) with chilly winds and rain. A pleasant departure from the run-of-the-mill colorless days we’ve endured for months. Yeah, according to the Live Mega-Doppler 7000 in HD, we didn’t have much of a summer either.